Pregnancy is one of the few times in a woman’s adult life when the body is going through such drastic and fast changes. The physical changes can cause stress and or discomfort to the mother. A Prenatal Massage is a wonderful way to help alleviate many of these discomforts, as well as promotes a sense of well-being. A Prenatal Massage shares many of the goals of regular massage, but it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. As long as there aren’t complications with the pregnancy (preeclampsia etc.), a Prenatal Massage is safe during all nine months of pregnancy.
The benefits mom may experience:
Relaxation / Stress relief
Eases muscular discomforts in the neck, back, and joints
Reduction of edema, or swelling of hands, feet, and ankles
Lessens sciatic pain
Increases local circulation and lymph flow
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Eases stress mothers often feel after birth
A Prenatal Massage is done on a specially made prenatal massage table. While facing up, the mom is in a reclined position. While addressing the back of the body, the mom is either in a sideline position, or facing down in a properly supported cutout massage table. The cutout has a hammock support system so will not be stretching out any pelvic ligaments. If anything is ever uncomfortable, please tell your massage therapist. Most likely it can be easily fixed with pillows/towels/slight position changes.
THERAPEUTIC CUSTOMIZED MASSAGE
Massage therapy offers a natural treatment approach that has been shown to maintain and improve overall health and wellness while reducing pain and muscle tension, and eliminating stress. Our therapist works with you to develop a customized treatment approach that will address your specific needs ranging from injury recovery to relaxation and stress reduction.
While the benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion, some studies have found that massage may also be helpful for :
anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, soft tissue strains and injuries, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), movement disorders (MS, Parkinson's Disease), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), geriatric related conditions, cancer treatment recovery, sports injuries, and exercise-induced soreness.
Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that helps to relax and re-energize you. Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If it's your first time receiving a massage or you don't get massage treatment very often, Swedish massage is the perfect massage for you. If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure to get relief from muscle pain, you might discuss with your Therapist a deep tissue massage.
deep tissue / myofascial massage
This massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Similar strokes are used as in Swedish massage therapy, but a deeper pressure is concentrated on areas on tension and pain, also known as "muscle knots." It is commonly used to help with extreme muscle tension and contraction (such as tightness in the neck and upper back, low back, or sore shoulders). This type of massage is also recommended for post-exercise muscle soreness and to prevent future pain.
Designed for people of all ages who are involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries, sports massage uses similar techniques as in the basic Swedish massage and may include concentrated work on specific areas of the body as they relate to and are used in a particular sport. Massage therapy can assist in sports injury recovery or help an athlete prepare his/her body for an upcoming sporting event or race, such as a 5k or Triathlon.
Organic, Colorado grown industrial hemp oil is a guarantee for quick relief of pain and inflammation. Applying hemp oil leads to a relatively slow and uniform absorption, ensuring that the skin remains moisturized and receives hemp oil's benefit over a longer period of time. CBD has natural, potent anti-inflammatory effects and minimizes muscular soreness and joint pain. It also induces relaxation by alleviating stress and anxiety. CBD oil, lotion, and salve is also available for purchase at Therapeutic Health, to continue your healing at home. Soak in a CBD infused bath for further pain relief.
Potent anti-oxidant that is stronger than vitamins C and E.
Powerful analgesic (pain relief) that seems to work especially well for traditionally difficult to treat neuropathic pain
Powerful anti inflammatory
Increased muscle relaxation without the high
Alleviate stress and anxiety
Neuroprotective agent that is thought to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other age related cognitive disorders.
Serotonin balancing agent which acts as an antidepressant, and has a positive impact on reducing anxiety, nausea and vomiting.
Regulates blood pressure.
Facilitates bone growth.
Improve skin health
Cytotoxic to breast cancer and other cancer cells while being a cyto-preservative to healthy cells.
Antibacterial germ fighting properties.
Post workout recovery
Cannabis is one of the most studied plants in the past two decades. Research has shown that the cells that make up most of the outermost layer of the skin (keratinocytes) contain a significant amount of cannabinoid receptors sites (CB1 and CB2) that function much like a lock.1 The keys, made from either the body’s own endocannabinoids (such as anadamide), from plant-based cannabinoids (such as cannabis or certain spice plants), fit the locks perfectly. Once unlocked, the cell can realize a host of critical functions such as homeostasis (balance and stability), protection from invading microbes and the healing of inflammation (due to allergies, injury, sunburn, dehydration, toxins, bacteria, fungi, or viruses). One study reported that the non-psychoactive cannabinoids CBN and CBD were able to penetrate the skin (primarily CB2 receptors) at rates ten times that of THC thus delivering potent anti-inflammatory and immune modulating action to the skin without affecting the mind. Based on this evidence topical CBD application can provide a potent therapeutic synergy relevant to localized inflammation and pain management. One of the easiest ways to utilize CBD is through topical application. Topicals are applied to the skin and are not absorbed into the bloodstream, so they do not produce the typical “high” associated with smoking or ingesting Cannabis products. A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found both CB1 and CB2 receptors are located in many areas of human skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands and nerve fiber bundles. This finding implies that the chemical compounds found in Hemp can directly affect these receptors without requiring a passage through the blood/brain barrier, thus keeping the user from feeling “stoned”.
CBD salve, lotion, and oil have been reported to help reduce pain almost immediately, and there are numerous reports of topical cannabinoids working wonders for muscular pain, arthritic joints, tender joints, muscle spasms, phantom limb pain, peripheral neuropathy and inflammatory skin conditions, and there have not been any reported adverse effects associated with its use, topically. The health benefits of CBD oil create a uniquely healing experience and the anti-inflammatory properties, extreme muscle relaxation and pain relief, provide space for the body to fully surrender and welcome the therapist’s touch.